New Media Center Specialist

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  1. l8ybugmom

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    Hi...I was just hired as an instructional technology specialist, aka media specialist....I am not certified in this area. I received my degree in elementary education. The charter school recruited me saying that my background, skills, energy, and personality would be perfect for this job. I had to enroll in a master's program to fulfill state requirements....

    Anyway...how do I get started? I mean what are the first lessons to be taught to students? This school is K-6. I am working on a theme in my head right now....They say I will receive training and they are quite aware this is not where I am certified.

    Do any of you have helpful links??
     
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    Congrats!!!! One of the first lessons my media specialist does is a getting to know the library type of lesson. She introduces/reteaches the do's and don'ts of how to look up, check out, and care for books. She dicusses each section of the media center and what books are found there. I don't know how your media center will be set up, but ours is fairly large. The students appreciate knowing where to find the different genres of books. She selects students to model how to look for, check-in and check-out books. We can't even allow students to visit the media center for check-outs until we've had "orientation."
     
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    Thank you so much!! That at least gives me a starting point!
     
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    KU, thanks! I'll give those links a look! Start my job today! :)
     
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    One of the best things that our media specialist does is copy the table of contents of the teacher magazines. Then we highlight any article that sounds interesting and he makes copies for us.
     
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    We route the whole magazine around the buiding- like the mailbox- I attach a colored strip of paper to the front that has each teachers name on it. Basically the teacher reads it, copies what they want, crosses out their name and sends it to the next person, when all have recieved, it comes back to the library.

    I like this policy bc in my old school all those expensive magazines would just sit on the shelf bc teachers wouldn't take them out.
     
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    Look into Mr.Wiggles book to teach book care in the library for the little ones- this can hopefully eliminate the juice and cookie stained books the children try to return! LOL


    Also for K, I don't let them check out books from the shelf until mid year- they are too messy.....have books pulled for them and put on the window sill or some other designated area where they can see the covers and not just the spine.
     
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    No helpful tips, but congrats!
     
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    I hope we get some more LMS's on here now. I am beginning my 2nd year soon and I would love to share ideas.
     
  13. JustMe

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    Congrats! Look up the NETS for Students for technology standards and the ALA's Literacy Standards. Both should be easily found through Google...I'd link them myself but I have just a couple minutes. Some states have adopted their own Library Media standards which is awesome, so you may look into that as well.

    Totally jealous. :)
     
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    OUr school has a scavenger hunt in the library to familiarize the students with how to use it. Lots of fun for the older kids!
     

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